King of Djeu Kitesurfing Race

The King of Djeu is the new kitesurfing race taking place on Boa Vista island: the competition consists in monthly races from November till March, where the riders circumnavigate twice around the Ilheu de Sal Rei, nicknamed by locals as Djeu, starting and ending in front of the Morabeza Restaurant. This new series of races (four more are planned) join the Kite Downwind race from Sal till Boa Vista, now coming up to its fourth edition in February 2020. 

The first King Of Djeu race took place on Sunday 8th December when winds conditions were favourable, and the second race is planned for Sunday 22nd December. 

The enrolment started at 9:00am till 10:30am at the Race Desk at the Morabeza, followed by the Safety Meeting to debrief all the participants of the hazards, conditions of the site, and the rules of the race. After the warm up, the race started with 29 kiters in the water around 11:45am, an incredibly amazing sight. The winner Yuri Neves completed the circuit in approximately 30min, followed shortly after by all the other kiters.

The lunch was offered to the racers by Morabeza, followed by the price giving, and a sunset BBQ sponsored by the Kite Kriol School. The event was organised by Ulrich Frank and Kite4Change, and sponsored by Kite4Change, Spinguera, Morabeza Restaurant, Quadzone and Haans.

There are two categories for this race: Young Gun (U18), and Over 18, open both to locals and outsiders, no distinction based on gender.

On this first edition for the category of Young Gun the winners are

      1 st   Alessandro Guy

      2 nd  Santiago Lima

      3 rd  Zany Guy 

 For the Over 18 Category the winners are:

      1 st   Yuri Neves

       2 nd  Nicolas Starc

       3rd   Danilo Dionisi 

The prices for the winners in the Young Gun category were divided as follow: first place 3000CVE, second place 2000CVE and third place 1000CVE, whereas for the Over 18 first place won 9000CVE, second place 7000CVE and third place 5000CVE.  

This first edition was a test run, with an unexpected number of riders… so there is a strong hope that next time more “outsiders” will join in the locals for the race.

Upcoming races (all dates are variable, depending on wind conditions): 

  • Sunday 22 December 2019
  • Sunday 26 January 2020
  • Sunday 23 February 2020
  • Sunday 15th March 2020

Other interesting news

Sea Turtles Thrive – Despite Our Wrongs

Sea turtles face a number of natural threats to their survival, from the time they are developing in their eggs up until adulthood. These threats include nest predators, beach erosion, severe storms, and terrestrial and marine predators. Despite these challenges, sea turtles have existed for over 100 million years, surviving a marine mass extinction, and

Cape Verde – Government approves “Green Card” for foreigners who buy real properties

The Cape Verdean Government has approved the creation of a different status for those who own a second home in Cape Verde by issuing a "Green Card" for foreigners, which offers a permanent residence permit for an indefinite period, under a decree published in the Official Bulletin. from the country. The new law establishes the

Rehabilitation of Fort Duque de Bragança For Museum Transformation

The Fort Duque de Bragança, built 200 years ago, on the Sal-Rei islet, on Boa Vista Island, functioned as defense of that port against the then frequent attacks by pirates and privateers on Boa Vista Island. In an order published by the Ministry of Maritime Economy, the Cape Verde Cultural Heritage Institute (IPC) is authorized

Number of Visitors Increased in Cape Verde

The number of visitors in Cape Verde increased 6.8% in the third quarter of this year and overnight stays 1.9% over the same period of 2018, according to the National Statistics Institute (INE). According to Tourism Statistics - Guest Turnover data for the third quarter 2019, the United Kingdom remains the leading source of tourists

Morna Now Considered Cultural Heritage of Humanity

News 12/12/2019 Morna, the musical genre typical of Cape Verde, was nominated to be officially recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), at the 14th annual meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee that will took place in Bogota, Colombia on November 11th. According to the nomination

Museu Dos Naufragos – First in Boavista, Cape Verde

The first Cape Verdean History and Art Museum in Boa Vista. The Museu dos Naufragos was founded and developed by the castaways DOS Association. After three years of hard work for an entire family, one of Cape Verde most beautiful museums opened in Boavista in the city of Sal Rei on November 17.Extraordinary work that